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Microsoft Sees Little Momentum Among Businesses to Upgrade to Windows 7

submitted on July 13, 2010 by HouTex in "Products / Gadgets"

At Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference 2010 in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Microsoft Windows corporate vice president Tammi Reller said that 74% of business computers are still running Windows XP. She also said that the average age of the PC is now 4.4 years old, which is the highest number that Microsoft has seen in over a decade. Eeek

Naturally, Microsoft spins this as a huge opportunity for the company to make a lot of money by selling copies of Windows 7 to these slow upgraders. CEO Steve Ballmer predicted on Monday that Microsoft would sell 350 million copies of Windows 7 licenses by the end of 2010.

But, if you read between the lines, part of the message here is that Windows 7 adoption has not taken hold yet, and Microsoft is still hustling to convince businesses to upgrade.

We all probably still have some older computers around, so the poll questions refer only to the computer you use most frequently.
1. What operating system do you use on your primary computer?
 Windows 7
 Windows Vista
 Windows XP
 Window 2000
 Older version of Windows
 Mac OS X
 earlier Mac OS
 Linux, any flavor
2. What's the age of your primary computer?
 Less than 1 year
 1-2 years
 3-4 years
 5 or more years
3. Why do you think businesses have not upgraded? (Choose all that apply)
 Cost of software and personnel
 Cost of hardware upgrade
 Compatibility with proprietary applications
 Security issues
 or See Results 


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    Posted by mooncow728 on July 13, 2010
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    I also think that some of the reason businesses don't want to upgrade is Vista. So many people hated that OS and actually downgraded back to XP, so why would people take the chance 7 might flop too?
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    Posted by pablos17 on July 13, 2010
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    I read recently that Microsoft will be extending the XP downgrade support to 2020.

    Within a year or so my employer will be upgrading our PCs to Win 7 and Office 2007. I can't wait to see how many issues arise. Confused Roll Eyes
    • webbyone2010
      Posted by webbyone2010 on July 13, 2010
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      Microsoft just pushed out the last patch for XP Service Pack 2. Maybe my company will need to upgrade sooner rather than later. Good thing, too-- we're getting Blue Screens of Death left and right.

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